CIRI plans coal-to-gas plant to produce electricity for Southcentral
October 9, 2009
A report by Elizabeth Bluemink at the Anchorage Daily News: An Anchorage Native corporation said this morning it aims to build a new power plant on the west side of Cook Inlet, using coal instead of the region’s dwindling natural gas to produce electricity. The 100-megawatt plant would rely on an emerging but proven technology that doesn’t require the coal to be mined. Instead, the coal would be transformed into gas underground, according to officials from Cook Inlet Region Inc., which owns several hundred thousand acres in the vast Beluga coal fields. Read more
Rena Delbridge at Alaska Dispatch also has this report on the project.